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Pieta Reviews

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January 30, 2018
Balas dendam. Balas dendam. Balas dendam.
January 7, 2018
Kim Ki-duk's revenge film, going for the likes of Old Boy. Plot is thin with just a single twist. Together with all Kim Ki-duk's usual weird stuff, it's a good watch but not his best.
March 4, 2017
Living on the edge of evilness and beyond. A ruthless villain, gets into some emotional trouble over some sudden heartcare towards himself. Love turn you blind and so on, great and twisted adaption of love-hate-fool-me-twice.
½ November 17, 2016
Sad but interesting and at times brutal korean art house. Not amazing or groundbreaking but definitely a well made picture. Exploring Korean cinema...a good watch.
½ October 8, 2016
Un film particolare anche se non mi ha fatto impazzire e la trama è più complessa di quanto possa sembrare inizialmente.
Il film è un po' quello che uno si aspetta da un film del genere: pochi dialoghi, ritmo lento, inquadrature medio lunghe con un pizzico di macchina a mano. Secondo me a volte c'è troppo isterismo e dei sentimenti fin troppo spiattellati, però la trama riesce a tenere insieme il tutto abbastanza bene.
Bella l'ambientazione nella periferia koreana.
August 28, 2016
Not for the faint of heart. A cruel loan shark forces people to take out insurance policies when they take out their loans so when they can't pay up... well, he makes them a cripple. And gets the money. Everything changes when a woman shows up at his door claiming to be the mother that abandoned him at birth. Things get darker, more intense, and uncomfortable from there. Impressive performances and a consistent feeling of dread double down on a fatalistic ending.
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2016
Although the story is great, it's buried deep and it's not a comfortable film to watch.
½ June 21, 2015
A dark movie, with excellent performances.
½ December 25, 2014
Good story with plot , acting was little poor and lacked quality throughout
December 16, 2014
without giving anything away, a tad too sentimental for a kkd.
maybe it wasn't as delicious /jaw-droppng cos i caught on to the big reveal.
November 4, 2014
There's something about Asian Cinema...It's always noir! Even to tell a love story....Either you love it or hate it! Excellent, the acting was phenomenal!
½ September 26, 2014
a oviedo that is difficult to watch at first but gives you a more psychological thrill than anything. The ending wraps it up perfectly despite the journey you take with the loan shark. not for everyone but a decent film.
September 18, 2014
Powerful acting and story of revenge.
½ August 13, 2014
I normally like these kind of movies, but this one I just did not get. I suggest watching it just to see. It's got a 75% so a lot of people must have liked it.
Super Reviewer
June 4, 2014
Not the first time I've said this, and it's very unlikely it'll be the last, but Korea is the land 1001 revenge thrillers. Thematically, while many of these films may be incredible, they're all pretty similar. They all follow the same plot points almost to a T. I don't mean that as a negative, it's just how the game is. But this film, takes that concept of revenge and absolutely flips it on its head. Not that I think this will revolutionize the genre, but it offered a very unique twist on a very crowded genre. And it tells a compelling, and incredibly dark, story in about as effective a manner as is humanly possible. Which is strange coming from Kim ki Duk. Not that his films are pretentious or anything, though some would argue, but I think he's the type of filmmaker that works best on an open-ended story. Where you can make your own conclusion as to what's happened, or there's a debate about the film's events and their veracity. This is very cut and dried film, it lays all its cards on the table, as it relates to the narrative. That's not a negative at all, it's the opposite, but it is strange coming from Kim Ki Duk. The film is quite dark, and ultimately, very tragic, so if you're easily depressed then this is certainly not the film for you. Its darkness is another positive, it's certainly very unflinching when it comes to telling its story. This may have SOME spoilers, so skip ahead. It's a mother's elaborate vengeance to teach the incredibly cruel loan shark, who drove her handicapped, at the loan shark's hands, son to suicide, the consequences of his actions as a loan shark while also giving him the mother he never had. Lee, the loan shark, believing that this woman is his real mother chooses to turn over a new leaf and to quit his job. It's simple to see that this is suggesting that if Lee's real mother had never abandoned him, he never would've gone down the path he did. It's also clear he has intimacy issues with women because of this abandonment. Basically Jang Mi-sun, the mother, is going to give Lee the mother he always wanted before taking her away from him, again, and crushing him emotionally, by committing suicide in front of him and making it look like a homicide. That's pretty heavy stuff right there and Lee's reaction to this is equally as heavy. This is one of those great films that you never care to watch again because it's a movie that completely takes it out of you. It's not Amour, or even Requiem for a Dream, but it's not a film I plan on watching again. I still think it's an excellent film though, great performances and a great story make this a must-see. It's not exactly the most subtle of films, but that doesn't lessen its impact at all.
May 24, 2014
a dark movie about cruelty, love, revenge, and forgiving.
March 30, 2014
Perversely twisted tasty morsel of revenge beyond comprehension!
March 29, 2014
Pieta, at first watch, is both malicious and discomforting both in plot and in aesthetics. The mood is a constant state of depravity and joylessness, encompassed in a dark and impoverished setting. However, immediately upon completion, you can feel the dark humanistic reality of the film begin to settle within you. As the final scene fades, the screen remains black for quite a while as the music escalates, and an uneasiness crawls over you as you come to realize that this film is much more than a one-dimensional dark and twisted film. It has existential meaning and passion that resonates with the things we define our lives by: "Love, honor, violence, fury, hatred, jealousy, revenge, death." Labeling the film as either morally depraved or morally passionate is a matter one's experience of the film, which is astounding despite its resonating misery. This is one film in which you won't smile a single time, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
½ March 13, 2014
Raw, fascinating, emotional and makes you think. This is a work of art that for once, isn't too artsy or pretentious. A little too much of the handheld camera style, but other than that a deeply strange but satisfying tale.
½ March 8, 2014
the concepts of good and evil are perfectly captured in this work. Evil as negation of good, repentance as a result of this juxtaposition. The concepts of Christian philosophy are perfectly performed by Kim Ki-Duk.
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